Children's daycare and preschool education

In Finland every child under school age (seven) is entitled to a place in day care run by the municipality. The goal of the day care services in Jyväskylä is to ensure that all children have the opportunity for a good childhood and meaningful development. The early education services aim at supporting balanced growth, development and learning as well as promoting the personal well-being of all children.

Need help? Call us or come to visit. Service times:

  • mon, tue and thu 9 - 12 (am.)
  • wed 12 - 15 (pm)
  • phone number 014 266 3100
  • visiting address Väinönkatu 1, 4th floor 

The City of Jyväskylä offers the following municipal day care options

  • Municipal day care centre
  • Family day care
  • Evening care
  • Round the clock day care
  • Club and park services

You can find the day care centres at the map

Private day care

The support system for private day care gives parents the opportunity to choose one of the following options:

  • Private day-care centre
  • Private family-group day-care centre
  • Private childminder

To arrange for private day care, parents can choose one of the following forms of support:

You find the day care centres at the map

Pre-school education

In Finland, all children aged 6 must participate in pre-school education, which is provided free of charge. The minimum length of pre-primary education is 700 hours per year and approximately four hours per day. In Jyväskylä, pre-school education is provided at day-care centres. In addition to pre-school education, day care is provided to children who need it.

Applying for day care and pre-school education

Applications for a day-care place can be submitted all year round. The application must be submitted no later than four months before the day care is needed. In urgent cases – or when a parent is seeking a study place, in which case the start date of the need for day care cannot be predicted – the application must be submitted no later than two weeks before the child needs a place in day care.

Day-care applications

Electronic application: you can access electronic services. 
You can also print the day-care application. Application forms are also available at the Service Centre and from day-care centres.

The application process for club activities and pre-primary education is similar to the day-care application process.

Submitting your day-care application

  • Mailing address: City of Jyväskylä, Early Childhood Education Services, Service Centre, PO Box 82, 40101 Jyväskylä
  • Visiting address: Väinönkatu 1 (4th floor)

Notifications about day-care placements

Families are informed about day-care placements no later than two weeks before the date the day care is due to start.

Day-care fees

Fees for municipal daycare 01.08.2018

For day-care fees to be determined, parents should submit an income statement form and its appendices to:

  • Mailing address: Jyväskylän kaupunki, Talousyksikkö/varhaiskasvatus, PL 1005, 40101 Jyväskylä
  • Visiting address: Vapaudenkatu 28 (2nd floor), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fees for private day care

The family must apply for a service voucher for private day care. More information on service vouchers can be found futher on the page.

Fees for private day care as of 1 January 2018 (refers to the municipal day-care fee used for determining the service voucher amount)

For the service voucher amount to be determined, the income statement and its appendices should be submitted to:

  • Mailing address: Jyväskylän kaupunki, Talousyksikkö/varhaiskasvatus, yksityinen päivähoito, PL 1005, 40101 Jyväskylä
  • Visiting address: Vapaudenkatu 28 (2nd floor), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Customer Payment Secretary Heidi Hyvärinen, tel. +35814 266 1397
Customer Payment Secretary Kirsi Hiironen, tel. +35814 266 7054

Service vouchers

Service vouchers for private day care are granted for children entitled to day care who are attending a private day-care centre or family-group day-care centre or who are being cared for by a childminder.

Electronic application: you can access electronic services. 
If it is not possible to submit an electronic application, paper applications can be printed out here. Decisions on the right to service vouchers are made at the Centre for Early Childhood Education Services. Families are informed about the decisions by mail or electronically, according to their choice.

Grounds for granting service vouchers

Service vouchers for day care are specific to each child. It is not possible to receive a private care subsidy or home care subsidy when using service vouchers. Service vouchers are granted on the basis of the parents’ work or studies. If there are particularly strong reasons, service vouchers can be granted in other circumstances, based on a statement from an expert.

Service vouchers for private day-care centres for children under the pre-primary education age (until 31 July in the year in which the right to pre-primary education begins) can be granted for part-time or full-time day care for no more than 10 days per month, even if one of the parents stays at home, if this is deemed necessary for ensuring early childhood education.

The grounds for granting service vouchers are explained in full here (pdf).

Further information about all services can be obtained from the day care centres or day care office in Jyväskylä, address: Väinönkatu 1, tel. +35814 266 3100, varhaiskasvatus.palveluohjaus(at)